The Kewaunee County dairy farm with the county's current highest daily milk production average — more than 100 pounds per cow — will be hosting the county's 32nd annual Breakfast on the Farm on Father's Day, Sunday June 15.
This year's event, at Cornette Dairy LLC, will open with a nondenominational church service at 7 a.m. The farm is at N7132 County Line Road, about 2.5 miles north of Highway 54 in the northwestern part of Kewaunee County, just across the roadway from neighboring Brown County.
The all-you-can-eat dairy brunch will be served from 8 a.m. to noon. The dairy-laden brunch menu includes a variety of cheeses, yogurt samples, milk, strawberry sundaes, deep-fried cheese curds and mozzarella sticks, and ice cream along with pizza, rolls and an omelette. Prices are $6 for age 13 and above and $3 for age 4-12.
Other attractions will include tours of the farm facilities which date to 1996, horse-drawn wagon rides, a petting zoo, an antique tractor display, a petting zoo and a variety of games for children.
Cornette Dairy dates to 1972, when it was started by Jim and Barb Cornette with 35 cows. Their sons Tom, Paul and Ryan and their families are part of the operation today.
A major fire in September of 1995 resulted in the loss of about 45 cows but led to new construction and the opening of a free-stall barn for 150 cows and a double six milking parlor on March 16, 1996. One hundred cows were added in 1999 when Tom joined the operation, and the LLC was formed in 2007 when Paul became part of the farm team. Cornette Dairy crops nearly 1,000 acres to grow feed for its 250 cows plus young stock.
The dairy breakfast is sponsored by the Kewaunee County dairy promotion committee with the support of dozens of monetary and in-kind contributors. Those contributors are being recognized in cheese-themed categories — Edam Elite, Parmesan Platinum, Gouda Gold, Swiss Silver and Brie Bronze.
Depending on the weather, promotion committee leaders are counting on a Father's Day crowd of 5,000 or more for the breakfast.